IT services vendor Atos Origin SA has won a seven-year, HKD 253m ($33m) contract with the Hong Kong government.
The Hong Kong division of the Paris, France-based company will take over the management of 12 IT systems supporting several government departments including the Census and Statistics Department and the Education and Manpower Bureau. IBM Global Services reportedly made a rival bid for the contract.
Atos Origin is aiming to become one of the first western IT services vendors to establish a major presence in China on the back of its deal to provide IT services for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
The new deal with Atos Origin is part of the Hong Kong government’s Digital 21 Strategy aimed at improving the efficiency of government departments. Atos Origin said it expects the government to announce further outsourcing deals as part of the program.